If you pick your nose and eat the boogers from childhood on, you will never be allergic to anything in your life.
Florida had a lot of good things going for it, until, one morning around 1960, every idiot in the US woke up, looked at himself in the mirror, and said “I’m feeling especially stupid today; I think I’ll move to Florida.” I left in 1969, and now I don’t even visit my relatives any more.
It wouldn’t have to be able to guide itself to a particular individual to have a major terror effect. It’s only a matter of time until it happens.
We might prefer it to a true Dark Age: subsistence agriculture while being raided by nomad bandits.
What you just described IS a civilization, with a government and an authorized history.
They’re stupid because they want the maguffin instead of to play the game.
When you get very old, you regret the times you didn’t volunteer.
Dang, now I want one, and it’s only 9am.
Bushghanistan, Obamaghanistan, Trumpghanistan…
After civilization falls, there won’t be any history. Our descendants won’t know anything about it.